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  • Better Fewer, but Better JOHN SIMON, John Simon is the theater critic for New York magazine and music critic for The New Leader. His most recent book is "Dreamers of Dreams: Essays on Poets and Poetry."

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  • Unsentimental Journey THOMAS McGONIGLE, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."

  • Evening Raymond Carver, From "All of Us: The Collected Poems" by Raymond Carver (Vintage: 386 pp., $14 paper)

  • Discoveries SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS

  • The Magnificent Ronin RICHARD SCHICKEL, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time magazine. His television series, "The Men Who Made the Movies," is running every Tuesday this month on Turner Classic Movies.

  • Survival of the Prettiest FRANCIE LIN, Francie Lin is the associate editor of the Threepenny Review.

  • Books For Kids Reviews are provided to Book Review by Publishers Weekly, where they first appeared. Copyright 2002, Publishers Weekly.

  • Los Angeles Times Children's Bestsellers

  • 'The Dark Hibernal Shore' ADAM KIRSCH, Adam Kirsch is the author of the forthcoming book of poems "The Thousand Wells."

  • Nowhere to Hide GREG GOLDIN, Greg Goldin is a writer who contributes to numerous publications, including LA Weekly and Los Angeles magazine.

  • Too Good to be True BRUCE PANDOLFINI, Bruce Pandolfini is the author of the forthcoming "The Diagonal Mind" and other books on chess, including "Kasparov and Deep Blue." He was the real-life inspiration for the chess instructor in "Searching for Bobby Fischer."

  • Racism Unleashed LINDA MELVERN, Linda Melvern is the author of "A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide."

  • The Beanstalk Country Tennessee Williams, From "The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams," edited by David Roessel and Nicholas Moschovakis

  • Stepping into California's Range of Light JONATHAN KIRSCH, Jonathan Kirsch is a contributing writer to the Book Review and the author of, most recently, "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People."

  • Reveries of a Solitary Walker PICO IYER, Pico Iyer is the author of numerous books, including "The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto" and the forthcoming novel "Abandon." His essay is adapted from the foreword to a new edition of "The Inland Sea," to be published by Stone Bridge Press in September.

  • Sisterhood Is Powerful TONY PLATT, Tony Platt is the coauthor of "The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove: An Analysis of the U.S. Police," published in 1975, and, more recently, "E. Franklin Frazier Reconsidered." He is a professor of social work at Cal State Sacramento.

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